A cartoon on the Mediterranean Diet as a pedagogical tool to bring young children closer to the values and eating behaviors at the basis of the Mediterranean lifestyle. It is the winning idea of the “One Health” Hackathon awarded yesterday at the D Med – Mediterranean Diet Exhibition, the final event of the EU AgriFood Week. The proposal is from the “Kids of the future” team, students of the Enzo Ferrari Institutes of Battipaglia and Parmenide of Roccadaspide, who were awarded the opportunity to study at the Summer School “Trame Mediterranee” of the Future Food Institute, which will be held at the Paideia Campus di Pollica from 11 to 17 July. It will be an opportunity to study with agrifood and innovation professionals and learn the skills necessary to create innovative projects such as the one they have conceived. The youngsters were awarded by Ambassador Antonio Parenti, head of the European Commission Representation in Rome, who will be present at Lucca Comics, the international fair dedicated to comics and animation kicks off on 28 October in the Tuscan city. “The winning idea is aimed at children and sees cartoons as an extraordinary tool for educating the younger generations – declares Ambassador Antonio Parenti – a very strong idea that could have an interesting horizon. Next autumn we will be at Lucca Comics, a perfect showcase to make this project known. “” Italy is the cradle of the Mediterranean Diet but as Istat data certify in recent years it suffers from the high rate of childhood obesity – explains the Mayor by Pollica Stefano Pisani -. In the Mediterranean Diet Exhibition we discovered that children are much better than us adults at understanding how to best hand down this healthy and sustainable lifestyle and have found an innovative and interesting way to communicate it to themselves and their generation. They will be able to do it even better by working in Pollica at the Digital academy of the Paideia Campus. We are waiting for them. “” Yesterday at D med with the EU AgriFood Week school hackathon the future was staged. The kids have created five projects that have centered on conviviality, sharing, experiences, communication, stories and a winning idea: a cartoon that wants to talk to children about the Mediterranean diet through fantastic stories – says Sara Roversi, President of the Future Food Institute and organizer with the European Commission of the EU AgriFood Week -. We are very happy to have started this path. We must involve children and young generations in rethinking how to pass on the theme of the Mediterranean Diet and bring it into their daily life. As they have created a network by sharing their skills coming from a sports high school, an agrarian, a hotel, an institute that trains the new professions in the world of tourism, we too have done the same thing conquered by this idea. We involved those who had already had this intuition but had not yet made the cartoon and we gave an idea of using the story of Trotula, a true ambassador for the Mediterranean diet. We hope to see it realized very soon. ”“ The story of Trotula could be a perfect subject to translate into creative motion – declares Valerio Calabrese, Director of the Living Museum of the Mediterranean Diet and co-author of the book “Trotula and the enchanted garden” -. Trotula is the first female doctor in history at the Salerno medical school in 1050. She has an extraordinarily innovative history, she gave birth to pharmacology as we know it today using all those rites and traditions linked to our ancient history and which today are often forgotten. She is the ideal protagonist to tell children about the founding values of the Mediterranean diet “.
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